“I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.”*

Is there anything like a long weekend to restore the soul? Ours was lovely, from start to finish. I teleworked on Wednesday and didn’t think about work again until this afternoon. What a joy!

We did a good amount of relaxing…

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Thanksgiving included lots of sofa lounging with the dog

indulging ourselves…

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Pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream!

accomplishing chores…

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DN anchored a bookshelf into a stud. Very resourceful with the headlamp, yes?

and getting into the spirit of things.

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I love this marching-band stitched table cloth underneath the tree

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My collection of “woodland creatures” (per DN) adorns the TV “mantle”

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It’s always fun to remember what one acquired last year

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All done up!

Our apartment is now feeling very twinkly and tidy. I should mention that DN also¬†steam-cleaned our sofa, but I’ve spared us all photos of that particular task.

I will admit that I did some “Black Friday” online shopping, but not too much. I’m only a little alarmed about the amount of cardboard boxes that have been arriving. (At least we have recycling at our building, now!) However, I am happy to report that on Friday we went antique shopping in Baltimore, where there are aisles upon aisles of brown furniture to be had. China hutches for $300! Secretaries for less! This picture is actually of the front of the store, where they have the more modern pieces that I guess they think are more likely to sell. I like heading to the back.

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I zoomed in on this photo and now regret not checking out those twin lamps.

I am just trying to make my mother proud, obviously.

*Del Griffith,¬†Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. For whatever reason, during this year’s viewing, the 80’s sentimental music that cuts in for Del’s touching monologue 100% got me.